Horse riding is a sport where the concept of binomial prevails more than in others.
The knight is only half of this union and the other half is not represented by a mechanical means or a teammate, but by an animal, a thinking living being with specific characteristics.
Starting from this assumption we can well understand that in order to be able to practice this activity in the best way, it is necessary to create as much as possible an empathy between man and horse.
To achieve this, one of the aspects to be taken into particular consideration when it comes to training and training is that of ‘controlling’ emotions.
Personally I consider the horse a great teacher of life and I think that dealing with this animal helps to improve the character of the person. I am convinced of this statement because I believe that the horse knows how to bring out the essence, the strengths and weaknesses of each of us and let us understand how we must change them to get what we want.
Riding a horse is a storm of emotions and often contrasting with each other.
You can move quickly from being happy, satisfied and satisfied, to being afraid, nervous or sad, just to name a few examples of the most common sensations.
The fact is that we should never act on any of these emotions.
When we want to communicate something in a clear and understandable way to the horse, we should try to act without altering our emotional state.
Punishing a horse when caught up in anger is the most damaging action of all.
In a few moments we could totally lose the trust we have gained after many months. Insisting with anger in asking for something can only provoke a reaction of fear and even if the horse were to take the right action we would not be able to recognize it because we would be too focused on punishment.
When a horse does not understand what it needs to do, we should be able to increase the applied pressure level but not get angry. We and the horse should be recomposed to recreate the conditions necessary for dialogue.
The more a horse cannot understand the answer you are looking for, the more confused and frustrated it will become and the relationship will be compromised.
At the same time one cannot expect that only kisses and caresses can make a horse respectful of us.
I am convinced that the love we feel for the horse is the most important feeling for establishing a relationship and a relationship of total empathy. I think that to a horse no matter how good we are technically if before we send not how much we care about him, but if we want to get on his part also respect, we must be willing to correct the bad behavior.
If we set rules, those rules must be clear and consistent and we cannot let the horse leave these rules on days or at times when we feel happier or particularly positive. If our goal is to have a polite horse with which to have fun and spend time in total safety, we cannot let ourselves be overcome by emotions.
If things do not work well or do not go as we would like, we should avoid bringing out our sadness or frustration. Horses are exceptionally good at understanding our actions, our mood and our energy level. Consequently, being demotivated, sad or resigned cannot lead to anything good. When we transmit insecurity or ‘weakness’ the horse feels that it cannot be entrusted to us, because we are not a good leader to follow.
It is therefore important to acquire serenity and a determined mental state without transmitting emotions.
These considerations do not want the reader to think that the advice is to become cold or emotionless, but rather to induce riders and Amazons to work on themselves to become balanced people.
Balance is the key word if you want to be successful with these fantastic life masters who are horses.